Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames - 12/7/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Calgary Flames
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+171) Flames (-190)
David Rittich and the Calgary Flames (14-12-4, 6th in the Pacific Division) host the Los Angeles Kings (11-16-2, 8th in the Pacific Division) at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The Kings open this contest at +171 while the Flames are priced at -190. The over/under has been set at 5.5. The Kings are covering 37.9% of the time, having gone 11-18 SU. The Flames are covering 40.7% of the time, going 11-16 straight up.
The Los Angeles Kings step onto the ice with a record of 11 victories and 16 defeats, ranking them 8th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 73 goals which has them sitting at 15th in the West and 28th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -23, ranking them 29th in the NHL. The Kings have earned a total of 24 points, which has them sitting at 29th in the NHL and 15th in the West. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 996 which has them sitting at 2nd in the Western Conference and 4th in the NHL. As a team, Los Angeles has earned a total of 442 hits which has them averaging 15.2 per contest. They have earned a total of 298 blocks for the year. The man protecting the net for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick from Milford, Connecticut. He is 34 years old and has racked up 1,129 mins protecting the goal for the year. Quick is conceding 3.29 goals per game which places him at 26th in the Western Conference and 47th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's given up 62 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .883 which places him at 28th in the Western Conference.
The Los Angeles Kings were on the losing side of the ice with a 3 - 1 defeat against the Washington Capitals in their last game. The Kings offense left a lot to be desired in the loss. While out there on the ice, they converted 1 of the 23 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Los Angeles ended up with 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Kings was 32 and the Corsi against was 40 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 44.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 24 while the Fenwick against sat at 31, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 43.6%. They took 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost 25 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 40.5% and they had a PDO of 86.7 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Washington Capitals earned 22 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty mins and they earned 2 power play attempts.
The Flames will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 14 victories and 12 losses. in respect to goal differential, they rank 14th in the West and 27th in the NHL with -15. They currently have a total of 74 goals for this season which puts them at 14th in the conference. Calgary has a team save percentage of .906 which currently has them ranked 17th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 7.9% which puts them at 14th in the conference. In goal for Calgary is David Rittich who is having an ok season by allowing 2.69 GAA and that ranks him 10th among Western Conference goalies and 19th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,447 mins he's played this season, he's given up 65 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .914, which ranks him 12th among Western Conference goalies and 21st among goalies in the NHL.
The Calgary Flames squared up with the Buffalo Sabres in a game where the Flames notched a victory by a score of 4 - 3. In this game, Calgary went home with a 58.2% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 46 while the opposition had a Corsi of 33. Their Fenwick rate was 59.7% with a Fenwick of 37 and the Sabres having a 25 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Calgary had and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO was 96.2 and their oZS percentage was 53.1%. The Flames converted 4 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play chances in this one and were able to notch 1 out of those attempts. Concerning the opposition, the Sabres had 8 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Calgary allowed 29 shots on goal and the Sabres had a total of 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+171)
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